The Canadian province British Columbia has issued highest number of ITAs (invitations to apply) in single draw in 2016, under its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). On October 12, 2016, 805 invitations were issued which was a record in itself by any province in one draw.
British Columbia Looks to invite new immigrants
This significant number of ITAs issued clearly indicates that the province of British Columbia is looking to welcome more and more new immigrants in the province to meet the skill shortage and fill the job vacancies. The BCPNP issued close to six hundred invitations in two of its last three draws.
Distribution of invites in the largest provincial draw ever
Out of total 805 invitations, International graduates have had the major share of invites as 355 invitations were issued to them under skills immigration and express entry streams.
The skilled worker category remained at 2nd place in terms of invites as total of 322 ITAs issued to them. The rest 128 invites were sent for semi-skilled and entry level streams of BCPNP.
PNPs are looking to invite more and more candidates as the year ends
As the year 2016 is about to end, the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in Canada are looking to invite more and more immigrants to meet their annual quota and subsequently fill the skill gaps in their respective provinces.
The British Columbia is also looking to invite about 35-45 percent of applicants from Skilled Worker Stream. The major chunk of this is expected to be accepted via Express Entry (i.e. about 25 percent), whereas, 15 to 20 percent candidates will be invited from International graduate stream.
Request to raise PNP caps
Christy Clark the leader of British Columbia has raised request to federal government to increase the PNP caps saying that current quota of immigration is hindering the growth of Western Canada.
The provincial leaders also released a statement in the month of July this year asking the federal government for same immigration rights as Quebec. Quebec presently has its own immigration quota of 51000, which it is going to raise in future. The business houses of BC have also recently requested to raise the skilled worker immigrant in the province to enhance the provincial and subsequently the Canadian economy and growth.
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